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Things to Know
- Females lay between three to eight eggs at a time, totaling from 300-500 eggs throughout a lifespan.
- Although it takes between seven and twelve days for an egg to hatch, bed bugs don't reach the adult stage until they are between 32-48 days old.
- While in the process of reaching the adult stage, a bed bug will molt five times.
- A bed bug can feed in just five to ten minutes.
- On average, adult bed bugs live about ten months.
Bed Bug Appearance and Behavior
Recently hatched bed bugs are translucent and lighter in color than their adult counterparts. As they go through molting stages and mature, they take on a more brown tone. Bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye, and identified by a flat, wingless oval-shaped body that's covered with microscopic hairs. Adults can become about five millimeters in size.
Bed bugs prefer to be active at night, and attack just before dawn (usually between 1am-4am). They are attracted to body heat and carbon dioxide, and can be found in dirty areas, as well as those that are kept very clean. Although bed bugs do bite humans, they are not known to transmit diseases.
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